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World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Master's Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

Expertise in a world language helps you become a globally engaged citizen who communicates effectively in various linguistic and cultural contexts.

In the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of North Texas, we offer course work leading to a Master of Arts degree in French or Spanish. You'll master language skills through combining required course work and other learning opportunities.

The M.A. degree allows you to teach language courses at a community college, university or in public and private schools. Other options include teaching intensive language programs or working as a translator or interpreter. Teaching intensive language programs can prepare you for working with business professionals and multi-national corporations. You may also work in the tourism industry.

Our faculty members' varied backgrounds include extensive research, travel and study in the Americas and Europe and involvement in professional organizations.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops. Among the workshops is a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Outstanding learning opportunities

French and Spanish Summer Institutes

The institutes help you improve your proficiency in French or Spanish and increase your knowledge of French or Hispanic studies. They also allow individuals who can't enroll in a graduate program for professional reasons to earn an M.A. in French or Spanish in three to five summers, depending on transfer credit or the minor field.

 While participating in an institute, participants speak the target language for three to six weeks. You can combine summer courses with courses taken during the fall and spring to complete your degree faster.

World Language Learning Center

The center helps you learn nine different languages. It provides 80 computer workstations, more than 30 software programs for self-study and assignments, multi-language audio and video media, satellite reception of international foreign language programs, presentation equipment and additional materials.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements of the graduate school, which are outlined at the graduate school website, in addition to the following program requirements:

  • 12 credit hours of advanced undergraduate work in a chosen language field
  • GRE scores on the quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections (no minimum score)
  • 250 word essay in the target language
  • One-page curriculum vitae

Your admission is based on a holistic review of these items including your undergraduate GPA. All factors are weighed equally.

Degree requirements

Master of Arts degree

Thesis option
  • 30 credit hours of course work in the major (may include 6 credit hours of course work in a minor or through transfer)
  • 6 credit hours of thesis
Non-thesis option
  • 36 credit hours of course work in the major (may include 6 credit hours of course work in a minor or through transfer)
  • Written comprehensive exams in your major language are required if you don't select the thesis option

Financial assistance

Graduate fellowships and assistantships are available. Language students may also find part-time employment in the World Language Learning Center or the department office, which requires secretarial skills. Information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website.